Apple's iPhone Slow Down Got The Company Slapped With A Huge Lawsuit

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A yearly, or perhaps more commonly biyearly, cycle of buying a new iPhone has been very beneficial for Apple, but some have suggested that there's some foul play how Apple treats older devices.

In a statement, the tech company said lithium-ion batteries become less capable of providing peak current demands in cold conditions when they have a low charge, or as they age over time. Introduced a year ago for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE, the feature is aimed at preventing unexpected device shutdowns, the company said.

Apple has confirmed the suspicions of many iPhone owners by revealing it does deliberately slow down some smartphone models as they age.

The batteries in older phones start to lose their oomph, especially if the devices have been repeatedly exposed to extreme temperatures.

If you've ever felt that you iPhone is getting slower in its old age, you're not insane.

"Our goal is to deliver the best experience for customers, which includes overall performance and prolonging the life of their devices", Apple said in a statement to CBS This Morning. It also fanned speculation by some about whether Apple slows down old iPhones to pressure users to upgrade to a newer model. "Seems like giving someone a slower iPhone rather than fixing a bad battery isn't consumer friendly".

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Earlier this year Apple updated iOS to 10.2.1 which included a little fix.

But the use of a relatively new phone model from a prominent supplier like Apple provides additional evidence of heightened competition among the wireless carriers, which have been frequently updating their offers in recent weeks. But now the company is being sued for its admission.

On the other hand, there's a lot of negative reaction to this information, probably because people think Apple could manufacture higher quality hardware that doesn't see its peak performance decline quite so quickly.

Apple will replace your battery for free if your phone is under warranty, according to The Verge. Geekbench reports that iOS 11.2.0 introduces similar throttling for low iPhone 7 low capacity batteries.

Needle said he would be surprised if Apple isn't the defendant in a class-action lawsuit soon.

That's despite the fact that for most users affected, there would have been much cheaper solution available: They could have restored their Phone to full power simply by getting their battery replaced - which, when done by Apple, just costs $79.